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Gav Pilling & AKADA
Gav Pilling and AKADA (Danny Austin) are the owners, promoters and resident DJ's of the Manchester based Trance and Progressive brand Versatile. Over the last 3 years since Versatile's launch, they've built a solid reputation for pushing through fresh UK Talent and running the now legendary '13 hour free all dayers'. Their hard work and dedication to the underground Trance scene has been recognised by clubbers and DJ's at all levels, as well as the journalists at Mixmag, who officially branded Versatile as Manchester's underground answer to Trance and Progressive. Gav and AKADA both share a massive passion for Dance Music and consider their styles to be eclectic, making them suitable for anytime of the night. Be sure not to miss this special one off B2B set!
At the age of 23 Ash has played at some of the country’s most cutting edge nights including Tech:no, We Love, DS Invitation, Versatile, In;Progress, Transfusion and Elevate to name a few. His monthly radio show, Into Trance, has been heard in well over 25 countries across the globe and has developed a solid following both domestically and abroad.
He is known for having his own, vibrant style behind the decks and is always looking to truly mix-up his sets and reflect the crowd’s energy through his performance and track selection. With productions in the pipeline, the future is looking promising for this young DJ!
Manchester based DJ Liam Wilson, is one of the most exciting up and coming DJ/Producer/Engineers in the industry. Liam has performed on a regular basis across the north of England for over three years now, appearing alongside the biggest artists in the game and at some of the biggest events. Now securely a regular DJ at the massive Goodgreef and Fire It Up, and already often performing alongside Eddie Halliwell, Judge Jules, Simon Patterson, Giuseppe Ottaviani, John O’Callaghan, Jon O’Bir, Greg Downey and many more, it’s undeniable his performances haven’t gone un-noticed. Over the past couple of years Liam has thrown himself into the studio and got to grips with the production side of things. Already with tracks out on Goodgreef Digital and now signed to Recover World, you will see his tracks flying out this summer on Slinky, Exposure and the massive Kill The Lights, as well as various engineering projects for other artists! Quoted by Barry Almond (Goodgreef’s promoter) as “A future star” it doesn’t seem long before this guy hits the mainstream!
Kate Remington is an aspiring female DJ with passion and talent in equal measures. Her love affair with dance music started at the tender age of 11, when she would save her pocket money to buy Hardcore tape packs. 1999, saw Kate's introduction to the clubbing scene, watching Paul Oakenfold, at the Mezzanine, Wolverhampton, and she has been a dedicated festival and club goer ever since. Her more personal involvement started at the age of 19, when she bought a set of turntables, and started to build up an impressive vinyl collection, initially playing mainly Hard-House and Hard-Trance. In the last couple of years, Kate has played predominately Trance with a Techno edge. She lists her influences as Markus Schulz, Mark Simz, Bart Claessen, Paul Oakenfold, Ferry Corsten, Armin van Buuren, BK, Andy Farley and Dave Clarke. Kate had a stonking start to playing out in clubs, with an incredible opening set at Rong in May!! Watch this space!!
Tom is by far no stranger to the upcoming talent list in the Trance scene. His musical versatility in playing anything from Tech and Progressive House in his warm up sets building and working a crowd to the more “floaty” side of Euphoric Trance sound right through to harder Tech Trance in the closing hour is a skill that few DJs have. This skill had seen his popularity grow over the years and set him up an ever-growing fan base that he has impressed with his seamless mixing skills, enthusiasm and 100 per cent dedication and commitment to his talent. Recently Tom has appeared on the bill for some high profiled Trance events across the UK in Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and Birmingham to name a few places and is currently making progress on his debut track titled 'Pangea' in the studio alongside Dave Dempsey.
Phil & Kiz got to know each other through their love of trance music via the interactive forum on anjunabeats.com, and finally met in March 2005 at a Gatecrasher classics event in London and other various clubbing events. Since then they have never looked back and started DJing together before forming showdown in early 2007. The monthly radio show (Showdown Sessions) soon followed and is getting more & more listeners every month. They have gone from strength to strength with a couple of high profile gigs for London based promotions Peach, LoveDJ and Knowwhere with the highlight being featuring on the same lineup as PVD @ Koko! They can also regularly be seen at Traffic! in Plymouth.x The future for showdown is to keep our driving & uplifting trance style alive and one day get into producing our own tunage! We are also in the process of planning a new clubnight so watch this space...
Dave Gurnhill has already made a great impression on the local Trance scene, from back in 2009 when he became resident at the weekly Trance event Statik in Sheffield. Over the last few years, Dave got the opportunity to play at some of the North’s biggest Trance nights such as Off The Rails, Amplified, Chaos Theory, Noize, and DS. These events allowed him to play on the same lineups as some of the biggest names in the business such as Giuseppe Ottaviani, John Askew and Will Holland. Dave has also been seen on many occasions warming up the night at “The Howard” in Sheffield for event pre parties including Off The Rails and the mighty Gatecrasher.
It has been one year since John's initial release on the Digital Society / Enhanced Recordings imprint, and in that time his work as a producer has become increasingly recognised amongst the industry's most prominent figures. John's music is heard in clubs by international audiences and appears on Armin's "A State of Trance", Tiesto's "Club Life" and Paul Van Dyk's "VONYC Sessions" radio broadcasts, and has gained several "Track of the Week" listings on Sean Tyas’ "Tytanium Sessions" podcast. But he is best known in the scene for his off-label bootleg remixes such as the heavily supported "John Dopping Rahmix" of Massive Attack's popular single "Teardrop".
After discovering Trance music at college back in its heyday at the turn of the century, he bought his decks at the age of 18. Flirtations with the harder side of Trance and even Hard house expanded on what he has eventually seen himself return to (and I quote) - ‘anything between 125-145bpm that is either interesting to listen to or has a catchy melody/baseline’. After getting his break in 2009 and having the opportunity to promote and DJ his own 6 hour marathon sets in his home town of Scunthorpe, another break came in 2010 when he was asked to play for DS Invitiation. At Future: Forward Pt 2, expect as much energy behind the decks from Andy dancing around as there is from the dance floor - you have been warned!
Brendan’s interest in Dance music started at a time when sub genres weren’t really as categorical as they are now. Dance was just dance really! But it was a few years down the line when the genre evidently started to progress into bigger better things, he discovered the beasts that are Trance and Progressive House. Listening to mix CD’s and reading popular well known clubbing magazines as a young gun helped drill into him what it was all about. Seeing the clubs, clubbers and hearing their stories, digging for records, finding out what the new tunes coming out were and learning more and more about the music helped Brendan define, learn and master what it is he does today, which isn’t just DJ, but entertain and create atmospheres in rooms full of people all there for the one thing that evidently brings us all together – Trance!